Barcelona continue to work on their summer remodelling after coming so close to last season's La Liga title, with Luis Enrique eyeing up moves in defence and midfield particularly.
The newly arrived manager edges closer to his first league game in charge of the Catalan club and will be hoping the business conducted thus far is enough to see his side return to their former prominence.
That being said, time remains for La Blaugrana to make renovations, with light shed on the situations of both potential acquisitions and those already at the club.
Daniel Agger's time as a Liverpool player would appear to be coming to and end after spending the 2013-14 season on the fringes of Brendan Rodgers' squad.
It's been speculated for some time that the Dane would be deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield, and the Daily Mail's Chris Waugh says the Barcelona target has "asked to leave" the club.
How things turned out last season is not acceptable for me. It is no secret that I had problems last season and I am considering things. I am here now and it is up to me to show the coach that I should play.
Merseyside reporter Richard Buxton claims that Agger was seen leaving Liverpool training on Friday in tears:
Daniel Agger said to have left #LFC open training session at Anfield in tears earlier— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) August 8, 2014
All indications would seem to support that an exit could be on the horizon, with Barca among those willing to give the defender another home.
Contrary to reports, Dani Alves will be remaining at the Camp Nou this season, it seems, and Luis Enrique has been sure to stress the short-term guarantee over that status.
Goal.com quote the Barca boss as saying at a press conference this week:
Alves is a Barcelona player and a very good one. I know him well and for now he is with Barcelona. I am delighted with his presence in the team.
The words "for now" would appear to suggest there could be changes at right-back in future, but La Blaugrana will at least entrust the former Sevilla star with the responsibility for the immediate future.
OptaJose illustrates how dedicated a figure the Brazilian has been to the club in recent years:
18544 – Since 2008/09, only Xavi (20220) has made more touches in La Liga than Dani Alves (18544). Omnipresent.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 5, 2014
Alves' attacking nature has seen him draw some criticism over the years, with consistency in defence known to be one issue in his game.
However, it appears Barca are at least willing to remain loyal to their servant for the time being, Enrique happy to give Alves his chance before making a long-term decision.
The former Arsenal midfielder has been a peripheral figure since moving to the Spanish giants in 2012, but Song insisted not long after his Emirates departure that he never wanted to leave, per Metro's Sam Ross:
I love Arsenal, I never wanted to leave. I was ready to commit my future to the club... [A]ll I wanted were talks about a new contract but each time we were due to sit down, the club postponed it – I was fobbed off. I wanted a new five-year contract at Arsenal, in the end I got one – at Barcelona.
United might hope to ease that pain by offering a return to England, even if it is a bit of a trip from his former home in north London.
Song hasn't been permitted to display his talents on a frequent basis while at Barcelona, but the masses did get a more substantial glimpse of the Cameroonian at the World Cup, where his tournament came to an end thanks to a red-card offence against Croatia.